new york, New York
December 9, 2002
Our food ranged from spectacular to solid. Topped with truffles for a rich, earthy accent, the flash-fired, cornmeal-battered oysters "In Tuxedo" are outstanding. I also recommend the fried green tomatoes with creamy remoulade dipping sauce for a fun down-home starter. As a main course, the crawfish etouffee was a perfectly acceptable rendition of the New Orleans classic featuring seafood sautéed with green peppers and onions over rice. I would have enjoyed a bit more seasoning, but this dish often tends toward blandness. My dining companion had the crawfish ravioli, which had more zip with its peppery tomato sauce. Belle Forché may not blow your taste buds away, but it certainly pleases consistently.
When you’re tired of feeling like a tourist and want some peace and quiet in a place that locals obviously treasure, this spot fits the bill. After dinner, you might wander down Decatur a bit toward Canal Street and stop by Palm Court for some live Dixieland jazz.
Late night diners will want to know that Belle Forché is open till 2:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
From journal New Orleans Notes